Stay in an ice hotel, attend a winter festival and wander through an ice castle.
The ‘L’ comes from Podollan Inn confessed spa junkie Leah Podollan’s vision to bring a great spa and wellness centre to this northwestern Alberta city. But it’s also a spa with heart—its Charity of Choice program donates a chosen guest’s monthly membership dues for to their designated charity. The spa has also launched unique charity initiatives such as ‘Random Acts of Giving’ for members to donate their excess products, towels, etc. Spa treatment rooms boast individual climate control, waterfalls, tranquility candles and more; try the rainforest steam showers and the signature Body Hydrating Wrap.
This elegant spa in downtown Canmore, 10 minutes from the gates of Banff National Park, has embraced an organic `green`theme with its products, operations and services. Which has appeals to both eco-minded locals and travellers. The spa uses a line of Hungarian organic products called Eminence; try the pear and poppy seed microderm polisher (two ingredients heavily used in Hungarian cuisine, by the way) and the Canadian Ancients Secrets line of glacial clay and organic seaweed.
Two iconic properties just four hours apart in the Canadian Rockies; these historic inns are ringed by alpine lakes, forests, wildlife and gorgeous vistas. But the spas at both of these historic former CP resorts rival the scenery. Visit the Willowstream Spa at Banff for its three plunge pools and waterfalls; along with its glorious Hungarian mineral pool ringed by Roman pillars. In Spa at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, recently ranked one of Canada’s top spas by Conde Naste Traveler, the venerable inn’s 10,000 sq.-ft. spa boasts a nature-inspired reflection lounge and an inviting overall decor of pine and stone. Try the fir-infused stone massage or maple-butter body wrap, two popular treatments.
Whether you’re soaking in the mountain sunshine from the floor-to-ceiling windows at the indoor pool or soothing your senses from the tinkling waterfall in the spa lounge, this serene retreat in the award-winning Post Hotel & Spa offers a more intimate escape than many of the larger mountain resorts. Yet the spa menu is nothing but petite, offering a full range of treatments such as Rose Clay Hydrating body therapy and a mountain pedicure that will soothe ski or hike-weary legs with 90 minutes of bliss. Don’t miss the Black Mud Balancing Body Therapy, a scrub and wrap said to remineralize your body.